I seem to have forgotten one important point about the NEF crash issues. For Windows Vista you are fine once you have installed the Nikon codec and set the registry key. However, WIC is not shipped in Windows XP, so you must install it separately. You can download WIC for Windows XP at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8E011506-6307-445B-B950-215DEF45DDD8&displaylang=en.
The 64-bit is available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=F64654AC-6E26-41D9-A90A-0E7783B864EE&displaylang=en.
Note: Some codecs will not install on 64-bit Windows.
So to recap:
When you import 12-bit compressed NEF files from the D300 into Expression Media, the application crashes.
We are working on a fix for this issue, but in the meantime Windows users can work around this issue by using WIC (Windows Imaging Component) to render NEF files. First, install WIC if your are on Windows XP. Download and install the latest Nikon codec from
To leave other kinds of files to be handled by QuickTime, but use WIC for your NEF files only:
1. Go to Start --> Run and type in regedit on XP or type regedit in the search box on Vista
2. Navigate to HKey_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Expression\Media\1.0
3. On the Edit menu, click New --> String value setting the name at WICExclude
4. Double-click on the string value entry and set the string to MRW,DNG,RAF,EXIF,JPE,JPG,JFIF,JPEG,DCR,MOS,MRW,ORF,PEF,X3F,STI,TIF,TIFF,BMP,DIB,RLE,CR2,PNG,GIF,SR2,SRF
5. Click OK